Bac Ha Market

Bac Ha market must be one of the most colorful markets in the North of Vietnam. Every Sunday morning at least 8 ethnic groups come together to sell their homemade products such as purses, sugar canes, linen and livestock. Seeing the local women trade in their traditional garbs must be the most interesting sight of…

Trekking in Sapa

In the North of Vietnam, almost touching the Chinese border is the mountain town Sapa. You get to this place by taking the night train from Hanoi. And if you’re lucky like me, you share your hut with 3 Vietnamese men and 1 cockroach. After a lousy night of sleep on the train, you get…

Loving Hanoi

From the first moment I set foot in Vietnam I’m already loving this country. You read a lot about scams and people trying to trick you, but so far I can only be more than positive about the Vietnamese. Maybe it helps being a solo traveler who doesn’t follow the touristy crowds? It started taking…

Recharging

Just passed the first month of traveling and came to this point that you just have to stop doing anything, stop going to any place, but just relax. The last 2 days were all about doing nothing so it’s time to reflect on Laos. My expectations of Laos were non existent and for a good…

Alms giving ceremony

In the Laos town Luang Prabang the monks walk the main road every morning to receive food from the villagers. This happens between 6 and 7 am and about 200 monks walk this path. This lovely ceremony turned into quite a tourist attraction as I was surprised to see so many people on the street…

Welcome to Laos

Just had my first Asian border crossing from the Thai Chiang Khong across the Mekong river to Huay Xai on the Laos side. Passing through immigrations did give some frustration. About 2 months ago their location moved up 10km to a new bridge over the river. Now the bus drops you of on the side…

Sights of Chiang Rai

White Temple No ancient history to find here, as they started building the White Temple in 1998. Personally I thought this one was much more impressive than the usual tempels. The exterior is just something non comparable but on the inside they have modern drawings of Spiderman, Neo from the Matrix and the Twin Towers.…

Join a cooking class

Every traveler you meet is just raving about how fun these cooking classes are. This pushed me in trying it out myself. In the full-day cooking class you get to choose 6 Thai dishes that you’ll make, my choices were; Khaw Soi curry paste, Chiang Mai Noodle, Pad Thai, Spring rolls, Thai herb soup and…